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St. Gregory Palamas
St. Gregory Palamas
St. Gregory Palamas

St. Gregory Palamas (1359):

Archbishop of Thessalonica, the twenty year old St. Gregory became a monk on Mount Athos for 10 years practicing the Orthodox prayer of the heart known as Hesychasm (lit., quiet, stillness). Fleeing the Turks, he went to Thessalonica where he was ordained a priest and served the Church in prayer and preaching, returning to Mount Athos to eventually combat the heresy of Roman scholasticism. St. Gregory defended the Orthodox way at councils in Constantinople and was later made archbishop in Thessalonica only to suffer at the hands of Muslim captors. On the evening of his repose, St. John Chrysostom appeared to St. Gregory with these words: “To the heights! To the heights!”